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October Half Term Holiday Activities in Cornwall

The October Half Term Holiday is fast approaching (already? But they’ve only just gone back to school after six weeks off!), and for many people it will be their last chance to get in the water in 2019 before winter arrives in earnest.

Average sea water temperatures in October are similar to June, having peaked in mid-August, so it’s a great time of year to get out there and enjoy our coastal environment.

October Half Term Holiday Activities at Cornish Rock Tors

We’ll be open right through the holidays and offering all of our activities, either on the coast from our base at Port Gaverne or, if the weather conditions are unsuitable, at our all-weather venue on a lake a five minute drive inland at Tregildran’s Quarry. Why not join one of our coasteering sessions for an adrenaline-fuelled exploration of Port Gaverne, or sit back and enjoy the view of the coast during a guided sea kayaking trip? If you want to try your hand at something new (and test your balance!) then you can book a stand-up paddleboard lesson where one of our instructors will teach you all of the basics before taking you on a tour around Port Gaverne. If the wind and the waves are too rough though, then our multi-activity sessions at Tregildran’s Quarry offer you the chance to coasteer, kayak and stand-up paddle on a sheltered lake in a beautiful wooded setting.

As ever, please book to avoid disappointment at this popular time of year.

coasteering at port gaverne with cornish rock tors

Coasteering at Port Gaverne

Other Great Things to See and Do in Cornwall This October Half Term

Our friends at the National Trust are giving you the chance to build your own bird box on their half term ranger day at The Tubestation, Polzeath, on Wednesday 23rd October between 10m – 2pm. The cost is £5 per bird box, with all tools, equipment and guidance provided.  Find out more here.

national maritime museum falmouth

National Maritime Museum Falmouth

Down in Falmouth, the National Maritime Museum has various half term children’s activities planned, many around their theme of silhouettes and shadows. Yskynna will be performing an aerial dance play The Girl and Her Shadow daily during half term (21-25 October), there will be a shadow trail around the museum alongside the usual school holiday Make and Take activities where children can craft a mermaid,  shark or octopus and create their own shadow show for all to see.  On Friday 25 October at 2.50pm there will be an underwater scuba show through the glass in the tidal zone; viewers can learn diving hand signals and converse with divers through the underwater windows whilst they clean the glass of algae and barnacles!

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens

Also on the south coast, Trebah Garden are offering free entry to children throughout the entire month of October, with drop-in seed planting days on the Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of October between 11am – 2pm.

Eden Projects’ Wild Wednesdays School Holiday Kids’ Club will be back on October 23rd offering 7-11 year olds a day of physical and practical challenges, creativity, craft and campfires, and time to relax and play in Eden’s unique outdoor learning space and wild outer estate under the guidance of their experienced Education Team. Wild Wednesdays standard day costs £28 per child (Early Bird bolt-on: £4 per child and Stay and Play bolt-on: £4 per child).  Prices include all activities during the day, and refreshments (but not entry to the Eden Project; activities take place just outside the main visitor attraction).

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for some aquatic adventures over half term, and that we’ve perhaps given you some ideas for other child-friendly things to do during the holidays. Don’t forget that we’re open all year round (with activities dependent upon weather conditions), so October certainly isn’t your last chance! In past years we’ve taken groups sea kayaking over Christmas and New Year!